Myth and the 'Now' Part Seven: More Archetypes


Continuing from yesterday's article:

The Shadow Protagonist

This figure also appears across the whole range of fiction: he or she is like the protagonist, but with different choices made.

Think Bentley Drummle and Orlick in Great Expectations; Darth Vader in Star Wars; Gollum in The Lord of the Rings; Mordred in the tales of Arthur. These are often the assistants of antagonists, lurking in the darkness like brutal versions of the hero or heroine.

The Antagonist

These go almost without saying as one of the major archetypes in fiction. You will have thought of several before I can finish this sentence: Sauron, Voldemort, Morgana Le Fay, Emperor Palpatine, Steerpike, and a thousand more.

The Comic Companion

There’s also a comic companion, virtually the same figure from tale to tale, or fulfilling the same function.

Sam in The Lord of the Rings, has remarkable similarities to Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird, or Piglet in Winnie the Pooh, or Herbert in Great Expectations, or Ron in Harry Potter And The Philosopher&#x